You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

A while ago, I met a youth during a weekly pastoral visit to a hospital. When I entered her room, it saddened me to see her so thin. Her face clearly communicated the anguish and pain she was suffering. After greeting me and introducing herself, she started to cry....
What’s in your backpack?

What’s in your backpack?

I have zero interest in backpacking, but a few years ago an interview with an avid backpacker caught my attention. She explained that if you want to know what a backpacker fears, all you need to do is look inside her backpack because it’s what she fears that will...
March Madness

March Madness

Here we are, right smack in the middle of the month of March. Doesn’t it seem March has a hard time deciding what it wants to be? I guess that’s why it earned the slogan, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I can just hear March talking to itself, “Am I still winter?” ...
Revelations in the mundane

Revelations in the mundane

I have been climbing now since June. The action of climbing a route requires strength, perseverance, critical thinking and trust in oneself; three of which I started this process with. Can you guess which one I didn’t have? It was probably the most foundational piece,...
We Need It!

We Need It!

I’m pretty terrible at small talk (introvert problems), so my go-to chit chat usually revolves around, you guessed it, the weather. This means that for the last 2 rain-soaked weeks, everyone from the cashier at the grocery store, to the clerk and the dry cleaners to...
Gnomes and Being Known

Gnomes and Being Known

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know...